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The Martial Arts Behind Hollywood's Greatest Fights

April 29, 2016

How much better would “Shakespeare in Love” be if Gwyneth Paltrow had thrown a tornado kick or two into ole’ Billy’s jaw? Or how about a Muy Thai match in the second act of Titanic?

Alas, we must settle for the few gems a year Hollywood cranks out that feature heart-pounding martial art fight sequences. But how authentic are these martial arts, showcased by our favorite actors? We’ve all seen the behind-the-scenes footage where the sweaty actor claims to have spent hours on end training with an expert, but does all that training actually translate to film? The answer is surprisingly nuanced.

Most films that feature a lot of choreographed fight sequences frequently use a combination of many different martial art styles. Unsurprisingly, this is due to the fact that no one martial art looks that great on film. It takes a variety of styles to make the spectacular fight scenes that movie-goers love. Here’s an inside look at some of Hollywood’s most iconic uses of martial arts.

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    Muay Thai

    This combat style also goes by the name of "the art of 8 limbs." Do I even need to say anything else? You'll be fighting like a freaking arachnid! This Muay Thai Class offers a full-body workout consisting of stand'up striking and even some clinching techniques. Along with increased stamina and flexibility, Muay Thai training will help improve your strength, balance, and coordination. You'll also develop the proper form and footwork technique to take down the biggest opponent (think Andre the Giant). Who would want to fight someone with 8 effective and dangerous limbs? Exactly.
    Muay Thai

    10654 Magnolia Blvd, Los Angeles

    • Gain confidence and impress your friends when you learn the art of Muay Thai
    • Learn and begin to master the techniques of Muay Thai
    • Enjoy a challenging workout that will get you in shape and make you feel great
    • Try different, fun exercises to tone your body and defend yourself
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    Beginners Krav Maga

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    Developed for the Israeli armed forces, Krav Maga is a no frills, devastatingly effective system of self-defense. Designed to be practical and intuitive, it's perfect for practitioners of all shapes and sizes. Under the guidance of your expert instructor, you will practice proper fighting stances and powerful strikes, and defensive moves like blocks, headlocks, and choke-holds. As you train, you'll develop speed, coordination, incredible core strength, and the confidence to defend yourself against an opponent of any size.
    Beginners Krav Maga

    13347 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles

    • Learn fundamental Krav Maga moves and techniques, just like they are taught in Israel
    • Improve endurance, strength, speed, flexibility, and posture
    • Learn hand-to-hand combat and counter techniques against chokes, bear hugs, and take-downs
    • No experience necessary
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    Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals

    Have you been grappling with your lack of fitness and self-discipline lately? Turn your life around by grappling with something else -- namely, a Jiu Jitsu opponent! Watts Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai Academy wants to introduce you to this wonderful martial art form that will get you in great shape, teach you self-respect, and show you how to handle yourself in a tricky situation. With the help of an expert instructor, you'll learn the basic moves, slowly at first, but eventually getting up to full speed with some live sparring! You'll grapple, throw, counter, and use submissions to get into the best shape of your life! The start of your transformation is only one class away!
    Jiu Jitsu Fundamentals

    4210 E Los Angeles Ave, Simi Valley

    • Learn the fundamentals of Jiu Jitsu, a beautiful martial art that will give you the skills to defend yourself
    • Start slowly, working on the moves in isolation, and then hit the mats for some full-speed sparring
    • Work with an experienced instructor who will give you personalized feedback to help you develop your abilities
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    Boxing

    Yo! Champ-in-the-Making! Lace up the gloves and step into the ring at Back to Basics Fitness, in this introductory Boxing Class. Both ladies and gents are welcome to participate. You'll practice techniques in punching, footwork, and dodging, while working the entire body for speed and agility. Every class offers something new, and future Golden Glove-winners of all athleticism and ability are welcome. Once you've gotten comfortable with the early stuff, you'll pop on a helmet and step into the ring for some live sparring! What are you waiting for? It's your time to shine
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    2914 Foothill Blvd, La Crescenta

    • Learn the basics of boxing, from experienced professionals who are boxing experts
    • Get in shape while practicing the same boxing and fitness drills the professionals use
    • Strap on a helmet and hit the ring for some light contact sparring
    • Acquire important self-defense skills that will build self-confidence and might help you out in a pinch
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    Beginner's Capoeira

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    You've taken just about every dance class there is, but still have this nagging feeling that you haven't found what you're really looking for in your fitness routine. Try this one on for size. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines combat, dance, acrobatics, and music. It's not only an amazing workout, but a lesson in culture. First developed by slaves to disguise their fighting lessons as an acrobatic dance, Capoeira is rooted in strengthening both mind and body. You'll gain flexibility, coordination, strength, and awareness along with a deeper understanding of how rhythm fuels movement. This introductory class is perfect for beginners ready to take on a new challenge.
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    12453 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles

    • Learn the basics of Capoeira through a combination of acrobatics, dance, and martial arts
    • Gain coordination and flexibility as you use rhythm and timing to develop your movements
    • Experience fitness in a new, holistic light through passionate and explosive movements
    • Engage in an active environment friendly to all levels
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    Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

    BJJ has become a wildly popular form of martial arts training thanks to its undisputed success in mixed martial arts tournaments. Xaction Sports Club is one of the top schools in the area and specializes Jiu Jitsu and grappling! Since practitioners of BJJ excel in ground fighting, you'll be learning a host of takedown methods to drop your opponent fast. From there, you'll focus on joint locks, chokes, and grappling motions to immobilize and subdue the aggressor. In addition, you'll develop body control, flexibility, and strength along with the mental benefits that come from martial arts training. Whether for sport, fitness, or protection, jiu-jitsu will put success in your hands!
    Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

    4795 Vineland Ave, Los Angeles

    • Master the fundamentals of one of the most effective martial arts in practice today
    • Learn to overcome opponents with takedowns and grappling techniques
    • Develop second-nature combat reflexes through drills and sparring
    • Enjoy the mental and physical health benefits that come from studying self-defense
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    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - All Levels

    Have you been grappling with your lack of fitness and self-discipline lately? Turn your life around by grappling with something else -- namely, a Jiu Jitsu opponent! Watts Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai Academy wants to introduce you to this wonderful martial art form that will get you in great shape, teach you self-respect, and show you how to handle yourself in a tricky situation. With the help of an experienced instructor, you'll learn the basic moves, slowly at first, but eventually getting up to full speed with some live sparring! You'll grapple, throw, counter, and use submissions to get into the best shape of your life! The start of your transformation is only one class away!
    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - All Levels

    4210 E Los Angeles Ave, Simi Valley

    • Learn the fundamentals of Jiu Jitsu, a beautiful martial art that will give you the skills to defend yourself
    • Start slowly, working on the moves in isolation, and then hit the mats for some full-speed sparring
    • Work with an experienced instructor who will give you personalized feedback to help you develop your abilities
    • Meet new friends in a warm and welcoming environment
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